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Date:   Wed, 26 Aug 2020 18:26:36 +0200
From:   Heiner Kallweit <>
To:     Sascha Hauer <>,
Cc:     Andrew Lunn <>,
        Florian Fainelli <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] net: mdiobus: fix device unregistering in

On 26.08.2020 11:51, Sascha Hauer wrote:
> __mdiobus_register() can fail between calling device_register() and
> setting bus->state to MDIOBUS_REGISTERED. When this happens the caller
> will call mdiobus_free() which then frees the mdio bus structure. This
> is not allowed as the embedded struct device is already registered, thus
> must be freed dropping the reference count using put_device(). To
> accomplish this set bus->state to MDIOBUS_UNREGISTERED after having
> registered the device. With this mdiobus_free() correctly calls
> put_device() instead of freeing the mdio bus structure directly.
> Signed-off-by: Sascha Hauer <>
> ---
>  drivers/net/phy/mdio_bus.c | 2 ++
>  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/drivers/net/phy/mdio_bus.c b/drivers/net/phy/mdio_bus.c
> index 0af20faad69d..85cbaab4a591 100644
> --- a/drivers/net/phy/mdio_bus.c
> +++ b/drivers/net/phy/mdio_bus.c
> @@ -540,6 +540,8 @@ int __mdiobus_register(struct mii_bus *bus, struct module *owner)
>  		return -EINVAL;
>  	}
> +	bus->state = MDIOBUS_UNREGISTERED;
> +
>  	mutex_init(&bus->mdio_lock);
>  	mutex_init(&bus->shared_lock);
I see the point. If we bail out after having called device_register()
then put_device() has to be called. This however isn't done by
mdiobus_free() if state is MDIOBUS_ALLOCATED. So I think the idea is
right. However we have to call put_device() even if device_register()
fails, therefore setting state to MDIOBUS_UNREGISTERED should be
moved to before calling device_register().

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